Originally Published: September 11, 2010 11:57 p.m.
PRESCOTT - High school cross country teams from all over the state traveled to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on Saturday for the 33rd annual Ray Wherley Invitational.
The field included boys and girls from 18 different schools, including Prescott High and Bradshaw Mountain.
The Badgers edged the Bears in the boys and girls events, finishing in seventh and fourth, respectively. The Prescott boys finished with a final team time of 2:17:00.20.
PHS's girls had a time of 2:26:51.49.
The Bradshaw Mountain boys team placed eighth with a final team time of 2:17:36.73, just 36 seconds behind Prescott. The girl's team finished in seventh (2:30:51.74).
The boys competed in a 3.1-mile race and the girls in a 2.5-mile race, but the format was different than earlier meets in that runners of similar abilities had the opportunity to compete against one another.
"I think what makes this such an appeal to the schools around the state is the unique scoring format. Your four and fives can be up front in a race where normally they don't experience that. It can be a confidence builder for those athletes," Bradshaw Mountain coach Mike Simon said.
Prescott's top finishers on the boy's team were Stephen Kozak, Jacob Schmitt and Zachary Eliason.
Kozak ran with the 7s and finished in seventh place (20:25.56), Schmitt ran with the 6s and finished in sixth (19:58.29) and Eliason ran with the 2s and finished in sixth (19:53.01).
"One of our goals was to have everybody on the varsity place in the top seven in their respective race. We didn't quite accomplish that," Prescott boys coach Dan Pemble said.
On the girls side, Maddie Coyne and Tianna Chapple were the Badgers' top finishers.
Coyne ran with the 5s and finished in third (21:11.81) and Chapple topped all 6s, winning the race with a time of 20:29.97.
The Bears had several runners place in the top-7 in their respective races, including Ryan Madler and Estabon Morales.
Madler ran against stiff competition and finished in seventh place with a time of 17:47.34.
Morales ran with the 2s and also placed seventh (18:36.73).
On the girls team, Sarah Ashburn, Heidi Madler and Danielle Hernandez faired the best.
Ashburn ran with the girl's top runners and finished in fifth place with a time of 18:07.07.
"Sarah has made a big turnaround this year in her performances in big competitions," Simon said. "She is now learning she can run with the best in the state and she almost pulled out the win."
- In volleyball, Prescott High won six straight to defend its Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep tourney title.
Kenzie Phelps finished with 44 kills for PHS, while Nicky Lyon chipped in 35 kills.
Also for PHS, Brette Anderson had 10 blocks; Taylar Rothfuss had 56 assists; Rachel Jacobs had 43 assists and Alex Anderson had 33 digs.
- In football, Tre Johnson rushed for 154 yards on 10 carries with four touchdowns in Mayer's 50-28 win at Fredonia.
David Atkerson ran for 161 yards on 25 carries with three TDs and Wildcats (3-0) quarterback Grant Samsill threw for 124 yards on 10-of-16 passing.
Mason Smith had an interception in the win.